Human effort vs the Spirits power

I came across a great question in my study today, “Could a person do the same activity with human effort as he could with the Spirit’s power?” This is a great question and after some deliberation I decided to share my response with you.

No, definitely not, our human nature is to sin.  I notice it when I am not reading/immersing myself or if I surround myself with “bad”/sinful things—-truthfully it is really just filling myself with things that don’t reflect God and His love—my attitude goes, I become selfish, lazy, moody, unloving, uncaring, etc. When we try to accomplish anything without the Spirit we may be able to do a little, but we will quickly get discouraged, run out of energy and fail. When we have the Spirit and are fueled by it, when we reach those moments where we think we can’t do anymore, we find ourselves accomplishing many more tasks and we can honestly say, “how did I do that?” and “that wasn’t me.” My point is in the flesh we fail and have limits; in the Spirit we have limits yes, but they are so much farther out there that we don’t understand how that could possibly be and we praise God for it.  The Spirit gives us fuel and a fire and takes us farther than we could ever imagine. It takes us beyond the limits of our flesh into the realm where it is obviously not us completing this task but God working through us.

Faith in Christ

While doing a study I came across a question that state “define faith in Christ without using the word believe (because in greek, faith is simply the noun form of the verb to believe).”  This question is based off of the previous questions I answered about the meaning of faith from Rom 4:18-21 and Heb 11:1-2,6; and what are we supposed to have faith about from John 14:1, Acts 2:36, Rom 10:9-13, and 1 Cor 15:1-7, 14, 17.

This is actually very difficult to do and this is what I came up with….

Having faith in Christ is trusting in God and Jesus, what they say and what they had written about themselves.  This faith in them also covers and exceeds the limitations of humanity and this life (i.e. what we can see, understand and fathom) and instead reaches out to God and Jesus and trusts/holds on to them as truth; knowing, that the things we see here on earth are limited and God is limitless; that the bounds that hold us to earth will pass away and we will be bound no longer to a death but will get to be with God and Jesus in heaven forever because of our faith.